I have been on this planet for more than four and a half decades. In that time I have done and seen many things.

The news strikes me as odd the older I get. There are news reports that can take an event and twist it one direction, and on a different channel you will see the exact opposite conclusion drawn about the very same event.

You see politicians make claims of “fake news,” while other people will make claims that someone used “alternative facts.” It is just weird to me. Facts are facts, and news is supposed to be a discussion of what happened, not someone’s opinion of that event.

Here is another funny one.

I see news interviews where the person being interviewed is there to discuss what they said during an interview on some other news station. In other words we have the media interviewing the media about the media.

What the hell is that all about?

How are we regular working folks supposed to sort it all out?

As soon as I ask that I know someone will chime in and tell me to ignore the station they disagree with, but that’s only because there is a twist to the station the like.

I see politicians blame the other party, and refer to them as evil.

I see news pundits, politicians, and people refer to the leader of the political party they disagree with as “literally Hitler” because of some policy. That one bothers me because it means that we aren’t teaching World War 2 History in school anymore.

So, are we better off than we were 30 years ago?

I’m not sure. We certainly have a shorter attention span. The average home in this nation is larger than it used to be. Cars are nicer, but we are more divided, and lonely than ever (despite social media).

Where am I going with this?

Absolutely nowhere. I’m not here to tell you what to think about the state of this nation.

I’m merely here to say that 30 years ago children had more respect for adults, families took more meaningful time away from work, and parents had a clue what was going on in their children’s lives. Today those things are not as common.

I find that parents are afraid to let their kids go out and play without knowing their exact location, and kids go through anxiety attacks if they are without their smart phone too long.

Are we better off?

The data suggests in some ways we are. In the less “tangible” things I don’t think we are. But, like I said, I’m not here to tell you what to think, I want you to think about these things for yourself and decide.

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